Until yesterday, the Danish Immigration Service maintained that two weeks of
work in another EU country allowed Danes to bring their foreign spouses to
In its original report to the Ombudsman the Service writes: “It is therefore
normally a condition that there has been employment of at least a couple of
weeks and for a minimum of 10-12 hours each week.”
Minister changes guidelines
That was the direct opposite of
Minister for Integration Birthe Rønn Hornbech’s views. She has forced the
Immigration Service to remove the guidelines from its home page.
In an interview yesterday, Hornbech said that there are no guidelines
suggesting that a couple of weeks’ residence and work in Sweden or another
EU country allows family reunions.
“We have told them (Ed: the Immigration Service) that that is not the legal
view. We have been saying the same thing all along at the ministry. The
Immigration Service has never said anything about six weeks or ten months,”
the minister said in an interview with TV2 News.
Service to attention
The report to the Ombudsman was sent on
September 1. In an addendum sent today, the Immigration Service has chosen
to adjust its report after the minister said yesterday that she did not
agree with the Service’s evaluation of the length of work required in
another EU country.
In concrete terms, the Service has removed its evaluation of the length of
time that must be worked in another EU country in order to be allowed to
bring a foreign spouse into Denmark.
“In continuation of the Immigration Service’s submission of a final report
on family reunions for Danish citizens under EU law, we would like to point
out that at the end of the day on September 1, after the final report was
sent to the Parliamentary Ombudsman – after instructions from the
Integration Ministry – that we have changed the content of our home page
back to the text that existed prior to a change on July 9, 2008 regarding
family reunions for Danish citizens according to EU law,” the Service says
of the change.
Clarification: In a previous article on this page, we wrote that the
Immigration Service disagreed with the Minister for Integration. This was
incorrect. The Service was only at odds with the minister until yesterday.